Under provisions set out in the Employment Rights Act 1996 and regulations made under it, all employees have a statutory right to ask their employer for a change to their contractual terms and conditions of employment to work flexibly provided they have worked for their employer for 26 weeks continuously at the date the application is made. An employee can only make one statutory request in any 12 month period. Employees who have been employed for less than 26 weeks, agency workers and office holders do not have a statutory right to request flexible working. Nevertheless, employers may still wish to consider a request from these groups as flexible working can bring business benefits as well as benefits to the employee. Before June 2014 the right only applied to the parents of children under 17 or 18 in the case of parents of disabled children or to those caring for an adult. Now any eligible employee can apply to work flexibly for any reason.
What does this mean to you?
There is increased pressure on employers to consider flexible working for employees and create the right environment not only to handle requests objectively and fairly but to have the technologies in place to enable flexible working without impact on the business.
How Can Opus Telecoms help?
Opus Telecoms has been providing ‘work from anywhere’ flexible working solutions for a number of years now and can enable, home working, teleworking, remote working and integrated mobile working, delivering a consistent user experience for communications whether in the office or in any location. This can, not only offer flexible working for employees but can benefit businesses with extended operating hours, recruitment and retention of skilled workers from further afield and providing added business continuity and disaster recovery.
For more information about our flexible working solutions please call us on 0800 316 7566.